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Alvin Ailey troupe marks 60th anniversary

It was March 1958 when an African-American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers and presented a one-night show of his own works.

NPS eyeing space for civil rights monuments in Mississippi

The National Park Service, which manages the country’s national parks and many of its national monuments, is studying a location or locations throughout Mississippi to place a monument or monuments to tell the state’s complicated and violent civil rights history, ...

2018 year in photos

During the last 12 months, the Free Press has documented life and events in the Richmond area.

Richmond Continentals honor Mayor Stoney, others at annual fundraiser

The Richmond Chapter of the Continental Societies Inc. honored Mayor Levar M. Stoney with its “Champion for Children” Award at the group’s 43rd Annual Elegance in Black & White gala on Dec. 21.

Madam C.J. Walker’s New York estate sold

The New York estate built a century ago by Madam C.J. Walker, a daughter of slaves who made her fortune selling hair care products for black women, has been bought by the owner of Essence magazine and his family.

“What is your wish for the New Year?”

New Year’s is a time for self-reflection and hope, with people opening their hearts and minds with dreams and resolve on how to make the next 365 days better than the past.

Most cherished holiday memories

The memories we create during the holidays with family, friends and loved ones stick with us. The generous spirit of love and compassion gives us hope for our collective future.

Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016 and VSU alumna, keeps it real for VSU fall graduates

Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber, a Virginia State University alumna and captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, provided some valuable life lessons during VSU’s fall commencement, which was held last Saturday at the school’s Multi-Purpose Center.

28th Annual Capital City Kwanzaa Festival slated for Dec. 29

James Small, a former professor at the City University of New York who is an expert on African and African-American world history and politics, will be the keynote speaker at the 28th Annual Capital City Kwanzaa Festival on Saturday, Dec. ...

‘Be conscious … of making a positive impact,’ VCU fall graduates told

Christy Coleman, chief executive officer of the American Civil War Museum, offered graduates firsthand insight on what their future paths may hold during Virginia Commonwealth University’s fall commencement ceremony last Saturday at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Siegel Center.

Coats for winter

Several hundred new winter coats were distributed to people of all ages last week by two different organizations, just in time for the snowfall last Sunday.

Veteran news photographer shoots for retirement

Richmond native Willie Redd has laid down his video camera and stepped away from WWBT-NBC12 after more than four decades of covering local and national news.

‘River City Arts’ exhibit opens Dec. 7 at Pine Camp

A new exhibit, “River City Arts,” will open this week at Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center featuring the works of three Richmond area artists, it has been announced.

‘Green Book’ offers small slice of amazing musician’s life, talent

Raise your hand if you have ever heard of Donald W. “Don” Shirley. I expect most of you are as unaware of this remarkable musical giant as I was before I went to see the new film “Green Book.”

Ella Mai sweeps 2018 Soul Train Awards

British singer Ella Mai won big at the 2018 Soul Train Awards, dominating in three categories during Sunday night’s telecast and taking honors for best R&B/soul female artist, and song of the year and the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award ...